Howard Happenings


New Hope Fellowship Church will host a family fun day on August 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The public is invited to come out and enjoy a free lunch provided by the church families, games, activities like rock painting and making animal balloons and to have a good time together.

The church is located at 6436 Nittany Valley Drive near Mill Hall. The pastoral couple, JR and Rhonda Packer, and their congregation look forward to having a nice day of fun and fellowship with those attending.


Mark your calendars that the dates for the Howard Area Lions Club Food Bank will be changed this month and during September.

The Food Bank distribution date for those residents in Beech Creek serviced by the Lions Club will be changed to August 12 since the Lions will be parking cars at Grange Fair the week of August 19.

Centre County residents who missed their distribution date earlier this month may also come for food bank aid on August 12.

Residents who are eligible for Clinton County Farmers Market vouchers should call 570-858-5800 for information about receiving them.

Food Bank distribution dates in September will be on Sept. 9 for Centre County residents and on Sept. 16 for the Beech Creek area residents. Normally the distribution date is the first and third Monday of each month, but because of the Labor Day holiday it will be moved to Sept. 9.

The Howard Area Lions will host a blood drive on August 14 at the Howard fire hall from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Blood donors of all types are needed as summertime usually leaves the blood banks suffering with a low blood supply. Please become a regular donor at the blood drives in Howard.

Our local Lions will be parking cars during Grange Fair week beginning on August 16. This is a fundraiser that the Lions do to earn funds that are then used locally to help individuals and organizations when needed.


Clinton County Community Center at 124 E. Walnut St. in Lock Haven will offer a refresher course for those 55 and older who would like to continue to receive a discount on their auto insurance premium.

The four-hour refresher course will be offered on August 16 and you must have completed the beginner’s class sometime within the last three years to qualify for the continued discount. CCCC is located in the former K-Mart Plaza complex near the MacIntyre Chevrolet dealership in Lock Haven.

Class begins at 12:15 and runs until 4:30 with instructor John Eck. The cost is $20 or just $15 if you bring your valid AARP membership card along. To reserve your spot in the class call 570-858-5800. You should bring your driver’s license and the payment (check or cash) with you to the class on August 16.

John Eck held a couple classes here in Howard for me and he’s great to work with. There are no tests to take and John encourages open discussion during the class time.

If there’s enough interest in the spring for people who want to the take the 8-hour beginners class or to update with a 4-hour refresher course we may offer more classes in the Howard area.


Liberty Township Sportsmen’s Association will hold their first Predator Hunt on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. Registration is $40 and an application can be obtained from the website at www.libertysportsmen.com or you can go to walk-in registration at the Clubhouse on Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 from 1-4 p.m.

The payouts will be for the largest red fox, largest grey fox and largest coyote taken during the two-day hunt which begins on Saturday at 12:01 a.m. and ends on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The Clubhouse kitchen will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day with food and beverages available for sale. The Clubhouse is located at 1140 Marsh Creek Road in Liberty Township, Howard.

Call Butch at 814-280-3015 or Gary at 814-355-7784 for more information.


Bald Eagle State Park will offer some interesting programs during the month of August that you may want to check out.

This evening from 7-8 p.m. there will be a program about bats that may be interesting to you. Bats are a fascinating and unique mammal that plays ecological roles in Pennsylvania and around the world. Learn about the threats and challenges that bats face.

Bald Eagle State Park is enrolled in a study conducted with the help of researchers from Ohio University, Penn State University and the PA Game Commission. The study focuses on the endangered species that can still be found in the area and the study strives to seek and understand how the bats may survive and how we can promote their conservation.

Joseph Johnson, an assistant professor at Ohio University will be the guest speaker for this program that will be held at the Environmental Learning Center.

On August 10 there will be a Tree-Par-Tea program from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Letterman Campground Amphitheater. Learn how to identify trees that are growing in our local state park and also learn how you can bring nature home with some natural teas that will be available for you to sample. Wear proper footwear for the trail walk which can sometimes be rough, wet or muddy.

Monarch Magic will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Butterfly Trail near pavilion 6 on August 10. Discover the magic of monarch butterflies during this mile long guided walk. There will be opportunities to have close encounters with butterflies in their natural settings. The program will highlight the life cycle of the monarchs, their migration and how you can attract the butterflies to your garden and yards.

Wear proper footwear and bring a bottle of water for the afternoon trek.

On Sunday morning there will be a Warbler Walk from 9-11 a.m. Participants should meet at the Skyline Drive parking lot for the 2-mile walk to view the resident warblers that live and pass through the fields. Bring a bottle of water and your binoculars for this morning walk.

For more information about these and other activities at Bald Eagle State Park visit the park’s website or call 814-625-9369.


Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can reached by telephone at 814-625-2684 or by emailing to tammy@ioiofficeinc.com